Monday, July 22, 2019

Event Leviathan #2

DC's summer event has been all about chaos and misdirection, which makes it hard to buy into the theory postulated here about who is behind the attacks across the DCU on various spy organizations such as A.R.G.U.S., Spyral, the DEO, and others.

Batman & the Outsiders #3

Batman & the Outsiders #3 is all about tests and loyalty. After taking Sofia Ramos, Ra's al Ghul begins to condition the young woman and slowly bend her to his will. At the same time, rather than hunt for the girl, Batman puts the Outsiders through a test of his own whose true purpose is force Signal to face his guilt and stop running from it.


...needs hot dogs to live.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Young Justice #7

Young Justice #7 is a zany, and highly amusing issue (even if it makes the mistake to go with the updated, rather than classic, look of one of its guest-stars), as the team's attempt to find their way home leads to them getting lost in the Multiverse. Bouncing around like a ping-pong ball, the group first hits the Earth of the Lil' Leaguers before landing in the anthropomorphic paradise of Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew. The jump to the following world involves a giant mallet (which is exactly as awesome as it sounds). Sadly, only Bart seems amused the the events.

Elementary - On the Scent

Beginning with the murder of artist, the NYPD believe a serial killer dormant for a decade has returned. Unable to connect any of the original victims to each other or the latest victim, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) begin looking for alternative reasons for the unknown killer's DNA showing up at all five crime scenes. In the first of a series of twists, they discover the tainted samples for each crime are not from some mysterious killer but a worker in the DNA lab who unintentionally contaminated each of them. Looking at all five cases separately, all have obvious motives except for the most recent one... until they discover one of the woman's dogs was taken as well.

Naomi #6

The six-issue mini-series comes to a close with a story that spans two planets as Naomi steps foot on the alien world where she was born and comes face-to-face with despot who has slaughtered it (and her parents) for his own amusement. Still not fully in control of the power that is now flowing out of her, the kid manages to hold her own long enough to get home (and prevent the creature from taking even a single step on the adopted world she calls home).

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Star Wars Adventures #23

The main story of Star Wars Adventures #23 takes place after the Battle of Endor and the destruction of the second Death Star. Wanting to spend a bit more time piloting the Millennium Falcon, and give Han and Leia some privacy, Lando persuades Chewbacca (who doesn't want to watch Han and Leia get all lovey dovey) into another mission. Being Lando, however, he fails to adequately explain the risks before getting the pair into trouble.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Reel Hooligans - Best Comic Book Superhero Tournament

Got a couple free hours and in the need for some nerdy entertainment? This past weekend I joined the Reel Hooligans for the final rounds of their Best Comic Book Superhero Tournament to determine the Best Comic Book Superhero Movie Ever. Who won? Who lost? I guess you will have to listen to find out. And, if you want to start at the beginning, you can find Round 1 and Round 2 inside as well.

Cosplay Italy: Etna Comics 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6

For those of us who know what happened the first time around, there is some interesting foreshadowing the latest issue of the rebooted Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The issue focuses on Buffy and Willow working together to complete to a quest to earn a soul tie to save Xander Harris from life as a vampire. Picking up more than halfway through the quest helps move the issue along. This path includes some physical obstacles for the pair, and an unexpected travelling companion, as well as a hard choice that may lay the initial ground for Dark Willow in the future.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #10

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider comes to a close with its tenth and final issue (but don't fret, true believers, our girl will be back in the all-new Ghost-Spider series). Issue #10 brings us back around to the trouble of Gwen's malfunctioning powers. In need of help, she dimensionally jumps to find one of the smartest people she knows.

Tuesday with Hendo Art

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan - Inshallah

The First Season finale of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan opens with the first-half of Suleiman's (Ali Suliman) plan revealed. While only moderately successful so far, it seems he is far from finished. The terrorist has stricken a friend of the President (Michael Gaston) with an incurable form of Ebola and put him in direct contact with the leader of the free world. First there is a local bombing in Washington and the discovery of nuclear material at the port. Putting the pieces together, Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) and Greer (Wendell Pierce) head to the hospital to prevent the terrorist from completing his plan.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Wild Storm #24

The 24 issue experiment of re-imagining the WildStorm Universe comes to a close with The Wild Storm #24. The war between I.O. and Skywatch is finally here. Bendix has activated his sleeper agents and sent them to New York. He's also decided to drop a rather large diamond on the city just to wipe out I.O. completely. What he didn't count on was a group of heroes banding together to stop him.

Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny - Enter the Dragon Master

The first episode of Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny introduces us to the four rambunctious Pandas who will, by the end of the episode, become Po's (Mick Wingert) new students. While playing Nu Hai (Haley Tju), Bao (Gunnar Sizemore), Jing (Laya DeLeon Hayes), and Fan Tong (Makana Say) discover a mystical cave beneath Panda Village where they receive the chi from ancient kung fu warriors, the Four Constellations. Believing their story to be nothing more than childish fantasy, Po is gifted with a vision of his own which clues him into the Dragon Warrior's new path as teacher.

Holmes & Watson

Holmes & Watson sets a new bar for the worst Sherlock Holmes adaption ever made. It's likely it will keep that honor for several years, if not decades. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly don't so much play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. James Watson as reprise their roles from Step-Brothers playacting what they mistakenly believe 19th Century versions of the characters must have been like.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Star Wars: Target Vader #1

The first issue of the new six-issue mini-series sends Darth Vader after a secret syndicate known as the Hidden Hand. While the Emperor may be able to turn a blind eye to some smugglers, he cannot abide those willing to see to the Rebellion. Vader's early searches only turn up whispers of the Hidden Hand as he leaves destruction in his wake.

The first issue also gives us Han Solo knock-off cyborg bounty hunter Beilert Valance who isn't well liked by the other members of the Bounty Hunters Guild. While a rule breaker, Valance isn't crazy enough to get into business with the Hand... until he discovers just what the job entails. Valance is the final member of a squad already including Honnah, Urrr'k, Chio Fain, Arr-Nine-Nineteen, and Dengar who were all hired to kill one man. Is Vader hunting the Hand, or is the Hand hunting Vader?

Wondercon 2019 Cosplay Music Video (Part 8)

Tuesday with Sara Moni

Happy Birthday, Sara!

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Charlie's Angels vs. The Bionic Woman #1

The Angels are sent by Charlie to infiltrate a laboratory and retrieve the secrets of a former government program that have fallen into the private sector. Their client, the original inventor, wants the plans returned to him. Easy, peasy, right? Trouble is, the people in control of the new business have ties to OSI and have brought in their own security. Jaime Summers has very personal reasons for not wanting to see the technology which saved her life stolen by a trio of strangers.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Angel #2

There are several points of interest in the second issue of Angel, even if the full story remains hidden and a bit fractured and still out of focus.

The Beast in Heat

When you are looking at a film where the director and 90% of the cast refused to put their real names on the project, you know you found something pretty awful. An Naziploitation film co-written and directed by Luigi Batzella, under the pseudonym Ivan Kathansky, the film centers around the comings and goings around a Nazi POW camp during WWII where a mad scientist (Macha Magall) has created a human beast (Salvatore Baccaro). Apparently the Nazis have decided the best way to win over the locals is for the Beast to rape them into submission.

There's nothing of merit and little of interest here. The film is a bizarre mix of unintentional camp mixed with gore, torture, shootings, and rape sequences. There's also a subplot involving locals looking to derail the Nazi war effort who become prisoners the Dr. Kratsch (Magall) as well. Had the film thoroughly embraced its ridiculous nature and gone full camp it may have been semi-passable as a guilty pleasure. As is, it's hardly watchable.

Atomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era #5

Atomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era comes to a close without any twist, large disaster, or looming trouble for the new Tesladyne team. While many members feared his existence, issue #5 finally introduces everyone to the new Alan (who is far less homicidal than the original).

Friday, July 5, 2019

Detective Comics #1006

When Detective Jim Corrigan is shot and kidnapped, the Spectre reaches out to the world's greatest detective for help. Not always the most subtle of DC's characters, growing 300 feet tall and stalking the streets of Gotham City draws the attention of the Batman.

America Chavez...

...wants to punch your face.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, a movie you will definitely want to see before sitting down for this one, Spider-Man: Far From Home centers around Peter Parker (Tom Holland) struggling to fill the void left by Earth's mightiest heroes while also trying to enjoy his high school class trip to Europe.

Elementary - Command: Delete

The season-long arc continues to develop as Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) mull over Odin Reichenbach's (James Frain) offer to assist him in preventing crimes through the use of his clients' private data. Repulsed by the idea, Holmes reaches out to Agent McNally (Tim Guinee) only to discover that the NSA, or at least McNally, is already fully onboard with Reichenbach's operation and any attempts by Holmes to try and expose or thwart the billionaire's efforts would likely be met with strong reprisals. Apparently not content to go to war with just one government agency in his final season, Sherlock now finds himself at odds with the NSA as well.

Awesome Cosplay Covers - Uncanny X-Men (Hendo Art)

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